As another brutal New Jersey winter eases its grip and spring slowly arrives, it might seem like an odd time to be considering heating needs for next winter. Many homeowners realized just how ineffective and inefficient their heating systems were over the winter — and now is a good time to prepare for next year. While some people have grown accustomed to the “whoosh” signaling that the furnace has kicked on, that can also signal that dust and allergens are being forced throughout your house. Many people are choosing to avoid this by turning to radiant heating systems as a source of clean, reliable, and efficient heating. Radiant heating heats the floor for a continuous, consistent air temperature. Heat isn’t lost in the air ducts, as in forced-air systems. There are several types of radiant heating systems: Hydronic (Liquid) Systems: the most common and most cost-efficient to operate, they use hot water that runs through pipes embedded in the floor. Each room can be regulated according to to use and need. Electric Systems: cables are embedded underneath the floor to heat the surface – tiles, concrete, etc. – releasing the heat and warming the room. Electricity can be pricey, however, and sometimes it makes sense to heat the floor during low-peak times and then let the thermal mass of the floor surface slowly release the heat when it’s usually needed more. Most systems have an available programmable thermostat for even greater efficiency. Radiant heating systems are an efficient, comfortable, and clean option for your home’s heating needs. Pipe Works Services has experts on radiant heating who are glad to answer any questions you have and provide any services you need. Contact us any time. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.

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